Dinner in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter – Monsoon and Yogotango
A few weeks ago I flew to San Diego for the weekend to celebrate my law school BFF’s 30th birthday. Boy, this is the year for 30th birthday celebrations, eh? Anyway, my flight got in right on time at 6pm at the San Diego airport, BFF and her husband picked me up, and we headed right downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter. We all love Indian food, so we’d chosen Monsoon for our dinner spot.
The place was cute and surprisingly slow for a Friday night. It turned out that we didn’t really need reservations after all. We decided to share everything so we could get a taste of several things. We started out with kabuli kulcha. What the heck is that? Yeah, that’s what I wanted to know too. Have you had naan? It’s like that except that it has bits of cherries, coconut, and raisins stuffed in it. I wasn’t too sure about it, but it turned out to be delicious. We then enjoyed three mains – chicken tikka masala, chicken vindaloo, and chicken biryani. All three were very good. Vindaloo has never been my favorite, but it was pretty good. I’d never had biryani before, and that was a real treat. I couldn’t believe how flavorful it was. The tikka masala was, as expected, my favorite. Though I usually order my Indian “very hot”, we asked for everything to be mild. It still had plenty of flavor; I didn’t even miss the burn. The made-to-order naan was very good as well. Accordingly, I would definitely recommend this restaurant, though I’m not sure I would go without a coupon from Restaurant.com (purchased with a coupon code of course) since the portions are a bit small for the price. The only additional thing to note is that the service was very spotty; getting more rice took much longer than it should have and, frankly, the server should’ve brought more than one teeny dish to start. That said, I’d still return.
We walked around a bit and then tucked into some fro yo from Yogotango, which is just down the street from Monsoon. They have several flavors, more than the famous Pinkberry (which I will surely visit while in the LA area later this month on my JetBlue AYCJ Pass!), and plenty of toppings. I had strawberry and vanilla with Cap’n Crunch Crunchberries, and it was a perfect combo. They have a cute gimmick too – if you can guess the weight of your yogurt with toppings (and they’ll even tell you the weight of your yogurt before toppings), your yogurt is free. Cute! I’d definitely go here again.